Written answers

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Coastal Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount of central Government spending was on initiatives focusing on marine and coastal communities in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average age is of a child with a named tax-free childcare account.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much each local authority has paid in landfill tax in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department takes to ensure that UK Official Development Assistance not spent under the provisions of the International Development Act 2002...

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the net worth to the UK economy of the Scottish whisky industry.

      Whisky: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect the reduction in whisky duty in 2015 had on Government revenues.

      Whisky: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for Scotch whisky being taxed at a higher rate than wine; and if he will make a statement.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the progressive beer duty regime to ensure that the excise duty system supports growth in British beer exports.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the operation of the Small Brewers Relief scheme to remove barriers to growth for the UK's small and medium-sized brewers.

      In Work Credit: Vale of Clwyd

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of in-work tax credits there are in the Vale of Clwyd; and how many and what proportion of those people will see their income (a)...

      Revenue and Customs: Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information HM Revenue and Customs holds on the amount of cash to bank generated by its debit management staff on an average working day through their...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of funds which have not accrued to HM Treasury since the abolition of the Alcohol Duty Escalator.

      Business

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral contribution of 24 October 2017, Official Report, column 158, on delivering reassurance to business in accordance with its needs, what...

      Government Departments: Brexit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial provision has been made across Government for the period after March 2019 in the event that no deal is reached during negotiations between...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether further fiscal measures are being considered to target foods high in sugar and fat.

  • Prime Minister

    • USA: Bombardier

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed Bombardier and its business interests in the US with the Secretary of State for International Trade prior to his visit to that country in July 2017.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households with a disabled family member are subject to the removal of the spare room subsidy.

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people living in social tenancies are subject to the removal of the spare room subsidy in (a) the United...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse as a result of the removal of the spare room subsidy in each year since its...

      Unemployed People: Travel Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote awareness of the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card among jobseekers and (b) encourage...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2017 to Question 108098, on jobcentres: Glasgow, whether his Department plans for staff working in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2017 to Question 108094, on universal credit: Glasgow East, what the longest length of time in days was...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former recipients of financial support from the Independent Living Fund in England received (a) improved or equal financial support...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department provides jobcentre staff on whether, and in which circumstances, to advise clients voluntarily to switch from...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that claimants voluntarily switching from legacy benefits to universal credit are not at a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of notification given to claimants who are being transferred to universal credit is.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of loans and grants to claimants in financial difficulty after being transferred to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of training provided to staff in his Department to inform claimants of financial assistance...

  • Home Office

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage police forces in the UK to investigate unresolved historic investigations.

    • Home Office: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) reduce the time taken for decisions to be made by her Department and (b) improve her Department's...

      Motorcycles: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 105367, on motorcycles: helmets, what discussions she has had with the police on...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in ensuring that (a) adequate fire...

      Rifles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to introduce a licensing regime for air rifles.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of establishing minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

      Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether trade union experience is considered desirable in recruitment of members of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority board; and if...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of multi-agency intelligence-sharing to identify the needs of unaccompanied child refugees...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that football ground staff are equipped with clear lines of complaint and procedures for...

  • Department of Health

    • Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to provide adequate transport services for the elderly.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of accident and emergency department admissions for lower respiratory tract infections.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recommendations of the Mental Health Workforce Plan, published by Health Education England in July 2017, whether his Department...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason there has been no public communication on the delay to the cost effectiveness methodology for the immunisation programme and procurement...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of soft tissue inflammation from accident and emergency departments in each month of...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of a gastrointestinal condition from accident and emergency departments in each...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) transparency of publicly-funded medical research and development and (b) accessibility and affordability of...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on medication to reduce the risk of brain damage following incidents of concussion.

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of introducing a recommended diabetes test for people over the age of 40.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on the administration of the anti-flu vaccine by high street pharmacists.

      Health: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the UK's relative international status for healthier living.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2017 to Question 316, on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Primary Health Care: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of complaints made against GPs and dentists.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the future role of health visiting including reference to the alleviation of poverty for the...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the future role of health visitors.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that data on cases of FGM are collected and made public.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential severity of the 2017-18 influenza season.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of the 2017-18 influenza season for respiratory health.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote influenza vaccination.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made on making available improved influenza products to protect vulnerable people and people aged over 65.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help protect (a) vulnerable, (b) elderly and (c) other people from influenza.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 2.33 of the Operating Framework for the NHS, whether it remains Government policy that minimum waits must take account of the...

      North Middlesex Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve patient safety at North Middlesex Hospital.

      North Middlesex Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on patient safety at North Middlesex Hospital.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to assess how local NHS commissioners interpret eligibility criteria for hospital transport services.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate his Department has made of the average cost to the NHS of an emergency admission for a lower respiratory tract infection.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted via accident and emergency departments with a primary diagnosis of an ENT condition in each month of (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted via accident and emergency departments with a primary diagnosis of a head injury in each month of (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Pharmacy: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in spending on community pharmacies on the number of such pharmacies in Greater Manchester.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's cancer strategy implementation plan, what (a) funding and (b) resources he has allocated to support the roll-out of the...

      Health: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to address the financial cost to society of (a) alcohol misuse, (b) obesity and (c) viral hepatitis.

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its continuing to provide neuromuscular care advisor...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential cost of providing (a) NHS services and (b) social care to UK pensioners who are currently resident in an EU...

      European Medicines Agency: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the relocation of the European Medicines Agency on clinical trials and access to medicine in the UK.

      Psychiatry: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of psychiatry students.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to assess the feasibility of implementing charging of overseas visitors in accident and emergency department services.

      Hepatitis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve detection of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

      Doctors: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of full-time equivalent consultant positions which are vacant in the NHS in England; and what...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62727, how much his Department spent on organ donation (a) between 2010 and May 2015 and (b) since...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to change the funding of care homes.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 107800, on hospital beds, whether his Department has received requests for extra support to assist...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to Questions 107373, 107372 and 107371 on cost of energy independent review, for what reasons his Department...

    • Nuclear Installations: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government is making on enabling local authorities to retain business rates generated by new nuclear...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's announcement, Community benefits for sites that host new nuclear power stations,...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more energy suppliers to join the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to provide for a register showing who owns and controls overseas...

      Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to introduce a new regeneration strategy for coalfield communities.

      Cost of Energy Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 24 October 2017 to Questions 107371, 107372 and 107373, on the Cost of Energy Independent...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress he has made to simplify the number of tariffs offered by energy companies.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to provide the full £557 million allocated for future Contract for Difference auctions.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of setting a lower cap than £557 million on...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2017 to Question 109148, on social services: minimum wage, which of the criteria...

      Mining: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department has allocated for regeneration of coalfield communities in each of the last five years.

      Mining: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to increase financial assistance for the regeneration of coalfield communities.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people there are with foreign language skills in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Air Force; and in which such languages those people are skilled.

    • Air Force: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve foreign language skills within the Royal Air Force.

      Army: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that foreign language experts in the Army are available within each regiment and brigade.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken a risk assessment under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for people under the age of...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British companies will be permitted to enter a competition to supply the future Mechanised Infantry Vehicle.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) long-term investment in the UK Armoured Fighting Vehicle industry and (b) value for...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages are of allowing UK industry to bid for Armoured Fighting Vehicle acquisition projects.

      RFA Tidesurge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) staff of his Department and (b) members of the UK armed forces were in attendance at the naming ceremony for RFA Tidesurge at DSME Shipyard...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the designated Fleet Ready Escort was on each day between 14 and 23 October 2017.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on tackling unauthorised traveller encampments on his Department's land.

      Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training and assistance the UK armed forces are providing to support anti-poaching patrols in other countries.

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on procuring fleet support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipbuilding: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings have taken place between trades union representatives and his Department on the national shipbuilding strategy; and if he will make a...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used to establish whether a contract for naval ships should be advertised and such ships procured by international rather than...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that UK defence procurement supports UK industrial growth; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that UK defence procurement promotes inward investment.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of current UK defence procurement plans in protecting and maintaining sovereign defence capabilities.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that UK defence procurements sustain the UK aerospace industry.

      Defence and Aerospace Industry: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on its assessment of the implications for defence and aerospace manufacturing capability in the North West of the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's call for evidence of 18 October 2017, on protecting consumers in the letting and managing...

    • Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's call for evidence of 18 October 2017, on protecting consumers in the letting and managing...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's call for evidence of 18 October 2017 on protecting consumers in the letting and managing...

      Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the publication Protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market: call for evidence, how many...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of households in the London Borough of (a) Lewisham and (b) Bromley who have been...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy to support the use of binding local referenda for major planning decisions.

      Affordable Housing: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes have been built in (a) the North of England, (b) Bolton and (c) Wigan in each year since May 2010.

      Empty Property: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of empty homes in (a) the North of England, (b) Bolton and (c) Wigan.

      Letting Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's call for evidence on protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market,...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the specific cause of the fire at Grenfell Tower has been identified; and what that cause was.

  • Scotland Office

    • Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed (a) directly, (b) in the supply chain and (c) in the tourism industry as a...

    • Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the economic contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the (a) Scottish and (b) UK economy.

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that are supported by the Scotch whisky industry in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Fossil Fuels: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to sections 47 and 49 of the Scotland Act 2016, what the timetable is for the transfer of powers to issue licences to search and bore...

      Sheep Meat: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the inclusion of intellectual property right protections for...

      Scotland Office: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many non-UK EU nationals work in his Department.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2017 to Question 107255, on the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group, what the implications of the...

    • EU External Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his policy is on market economic status for China within the EU for (a) steel and (b) other commodities.

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government is making towards its goal of seeking the views of LGBT people in the UK on public services.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out all the rail projects that Network Rail has (a) agreed in principle or (b) contracted in the last 12 months that have been jointly...

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish any report his Department commissioned on railways from First Class Partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to provide financial support to ensure that the expansion of Heathrow Airport results in an increase in the number of...

      Rolling Stock: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the replacement of Pacer carriages covering local services with modern rolling stock on rail services in the North of England.

      Midland Main Railway Line: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the level of carbon emissions that will be caused by diesel bi-mode trains compared to electric trains on the...

      Midland Main Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is of the purchase and running of diesel bi-mode trains on the Midland Mainline.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce levels of overcrowding on railways in Wales.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to enforce removal of temporary road signs which have remained in place beyond the maximum permitted period of three months.

      South West Railway Line: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce overcrowding on the South West Mainline into London Waterloo.

      British Transport Police: Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether rail operators will contribute to the airwave replacement programme for British Transport Police.

      Road Works: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the safety implications of raising the 50 mph limit through road works on the motorway network to 60 mph.

      Road Works: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working on the motorway network have been killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents in each year since 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Thailand: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase tourism links and economic ties with Thailand.

    • Nigeria: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to make representations to the Nigerian Government on withdrawing the eviction notices served on the Igbo people.

      Yemen: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support freedom of religion for the Baha'i community in Yemen.

      Yemen: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Yemen on the treatment of the Baha'i community in that country.

      Cyprus: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice the Government provides on potential health risks of travel to Cyprus.

      Marine Protected Areas: South Sandwich Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to include the South Sandwich Islands in the Government's plans for marine protection zones.

      Gaza: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel on the decision made by the Israeli security cabinet of 11 June 2017...

      Swaziland: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the British High Commissioner in South Africa has visited Swaziland in the last 12 months; and on how many such...

      Commonwealth: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of private organisations in the (a) UK and (b) Commonwealth...

      Swaziland: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of whether Swaziland has violated the Commonwealth Charter; and whether the Government...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his Mexican counterpart; and what was discussed at that meeting.

  • Department for International Development

    • International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received from civil society organisations on the Government providing continued support to the...

    • International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the International Citizen Service on educational outcomes in developing countries.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to fund the International Citizen Service programme in each of the next five financial years.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of UK humanitarian aid was spent on education in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014, (d) 2015 and (e) 2016.

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on global poverty reduction of the increasing proportion of the UK aid budget spent by...

      Africa: Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department provided for anti-poaching efforts in Africa in each of the last seven years.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK Aid's humanitarian funding has been allocated to local and national responders, to fulfil the UK's obligation to...

      Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to regularly evaluate implementation of the Supply Partner Code of Conduct and to make such reports available to...

      Syria: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support, maintain and rebuild health facilities damaged in attacks in Syria.

      Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety of internally displaced persons in Syria.

      Syria: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by UK aid agencies to support children with disabilities in Syria.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children's personal confidential identifying data from the national pupil database was given to journalists working for the Telegraph in...

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for a decision on the mandatory introduction of personal, social, health and economic education for schools in England.

      Universities: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to address mental health problems within universities.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of women who have experienced domestic abuse who have had their children temporarily removed from...

      Pupils: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of per pupil spending in Oldham in each year from 2010 to date.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish her response to the consultation on mandatory reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.

      University Technical Colleges: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital spending was allocated from the public purse to each university technical college that has closed since 2010.

      Free Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which free schools have closed since 2010; and how much (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure was disbursed on each of those schools.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with HM Treasury on whether her Department can retain for 2018-19 loans funding allocations for further education...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of applications from learners aged over 24 for advanced learner loans in 2016-17.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with stakeholders on requirements on new further education provider entrants who wish to gain access to further...

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices are currently employed by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to raise the number of applications for further education loans.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the adult education budget is in each region of England for the current financial year.

      Physical Education: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will reverse the decision not to include speed skating as an option available in A-level PE for the current academic year.

      Pre-school Education: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rates are for qualified early-years teachers who began their employment in each of the last five years in the East of England.

      Teachers: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rates are for teachers in the South East who qualified in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rates are for qualified teachers in the East of England who began their employment in each of the last five years.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England have no academic qualifications; and what proportion of the...

      GCSE: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of pupils who have left schools in Ashfield constituency with no qualifications at GCSE level or...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding education for 16 to 19-year olds.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what taxpayer funded grants including EU funds have been received by the RSPB in the last five years.

    • African Swine Fever: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action he is taking to reduce the risk of the spread of African swine fever to pigs in the UK; and if he will make a...

      Nitrogen Dioxide: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK air quality monitoring sites have reported higher annual nitrogen dioxide levels in the air than are permitted...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish the 25 year Environmental Plan announced in 2015.

      Waste Management: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether new EU waste and recycling legislation being negotiated at EU level will apply in the UK given the deadline for...

      Antelope: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his African counterparts on addressing the reduction in numbers of antelope in Africa.

      Panda Bears: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on further panda bear exchanges to enhance the population of that...

      Salmon: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) protect the habitat of salmon and (b) increase the salmon population in the waters of the UK.

      Fisheries Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the UK's membership of the London Fisheries Convention when the UK leaves the EU.

      Water Companies: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of complaints made against water companies in each of the last five years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase the use of the gamma interferon test in bovine TB high-risk areas.

      Animal Welfare: Flintshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animal cruelty offences and convictions have taken place in Flintshire County in the last three years.

      Animal Welfare: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animal cruelty offences (a) have been committed and (b) convictions have been secured in the London Borough of...

      Neonicotinoids: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the procedures to monitor the presence of neonicotinoid pesticides in UK water in line with the European Commission...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much recycled polyethylene terephthalate was produced in the UK in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of fly-tipping incidents on private land in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16...

      Bats and Owls: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to encourage landowners to erect owl and bat boxes on their land; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Breeding: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of incorporating the assured breeder scheme into the new dog...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 105344, whether there is a timetable for the completion of the work to...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish the 25-year food and farming plan.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2017 to Question 107863, if the Government will conduct a public consultation to inform...

      Animal Breeding: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with breeders deemed low-risk in the new dog breeding regulations on the effect of those...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department plans to spend on preparations for no deal being reached in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Attorney General

    • David Kelly

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will consider overturning the decision to classify documents about the death of Dr David Kelly; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Asylum: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to enable refugees and asylum seekers to access legal aid.

    • Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the practicality of installing Faraday cages in or around Britain's prisons in order to block illegal mobile telephone...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by how much expenditure on legal aid has been reduced in each year since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his oral Answer of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 13, what the timetable is for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost to the public purse was of personal independence payment tribunals by region in the last 12 months.

      County Courts: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid to terminate leases as a result of the decision to close Oldham County Court.

      Courts: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) county and (b) magistrates' court cases have been heard in Greater Manchester in each year since 2010; and how many defendants did not...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many civil proceedings legal aid was granted where the applicant was (a) under 18 and (b) 18 to 24, by area of law in each of the last six years.

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by his Department in the current financial year in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of its proposal to reduce the cap on the number of claimable pages under the Litigators'...

      Young Offenders: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received on levels of safety for young offenders in young offender institutes; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons and Probation: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the forthcoming increases in annual salaries of (a) bands three to five prison officers,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Gulf Strategy Unit: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 47638 and pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 8077, for what reasons the...

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2017 to Question 7458, on public sector: pay, if he will make it his policy to publish details of all public...

      Prime Minister: Italy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech in Florence of 22 September 2017 on the UK leaving the EU, how many civil servants from which departments...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Select Committees: Vacancies

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many vacancies for specialist advisers to select committees have been advertised in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pedestrian deaths involving a cyclist were recorded in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Cycling: Dangerous Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the law concerning dangerous driving to include dangerous driving by cyclists.

      Mileometers: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their recent response to the consultation on vehicle clocking means that no further action will be taken, or whether it means that consideration is being...

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they are able to oblige Greybull to contribute towards the cost of repatriating passengers stranded outside the UK due to the failure of...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of road accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians has increased by almost 50 per cent between 2009 and 2015; what assessment they have made...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the disposal of chemicals from a laboratory on the Sellafield Site on 21 October, whether there was, or whether there has been at any time, a...

    • Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the disposal of chemicals from a laboratory on the Sellafield Site on 21 October, whether the chemical tetrahydrofuran was contained in a canister...

      Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the disposal of chemicals from a laboratory on the Sellafield Site on 21 October, whether there is any statutory timescale for disposing of...

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the position of KPMG as administrators to Monarch Airlines, in the light of that firm's commercial relationships with Monarch,...

      Shares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 October (HL1971), when they expect to receive the results of their research on the use of share...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their evaluation of the effectiveness of sanctions imposed on North Korea.

    • Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they have identified regarding the protection of human rights in Sudan, in the light of their support for the decision taken by the government of the...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that EU Foreign Ministers, in their forthcoming meeting, respond to the situation affecting the Rohingya people with...

      Burma: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Burmese army ceases its attacks on civilians in Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan states to allow unhindered access...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict to deploy the UN Team of Experts on the...

      Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific issues they raised as part of the latest round of the UK–Sudan Strategic Dialogue which took place on 16 and 17 October; and what assessment...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to (1) Somalia, and (2) the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the implementation of initiatives to prevent sexual violence in conflict.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to stop the forced deportation of the Rohingya community from Myanmar and to ensure their ongoing safety in Myanmar.

      Gaza: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Hamas' recent announcement that they are willing to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections.

      Islamic State: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take under paragraph 6.2.5. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) to support the collection and preservation of evidence of...

      Islamic State: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Investigative Team investigates cases of individuals forcibly displaced by Daesh in Iraq, including of Iraqi...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation of the Rohingya community in Myanmar and those in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the severe humanitarian crisis in Yemen, what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding allowing aid agencies...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what UK aid is being spent to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of access to sexual and reproductive health services for Rohingya families in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

      Yemen: Cholera

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to encourage the World Health Organisation to address and formulate policy to deal with the outbreak of cholera in Yemen; whether this...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the non-renewal of UN Security Council Resolution 2165 would have on humanitarian access in Syria.

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support and promote the provision of adequate health care to the civilian population of Gaza, particularly children, in the light of...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have committed to date to assist with the Rohingya refugee crisis.

  • Department for Education

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students entered university nursing courses in each academic year since 2010, including those who started in the current academic year 2017–18.

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of, and access to, educational materials for girls whose education has been disrupted due to symptoms developed...

      Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were receiving home education in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of increases in the number of rough sleepers and people placed in temporary accommodation, they plan to assess the impact of reforms to the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Landlord and Tenant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their decision to require landlords to be part of a redress scheme will include long-lease landlords, as well as management companies and those charging a...

    • Holiday Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 September (HL1598), whether they will consider setting up a system under which local authorities...

      Sheffield City Region

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, if the proposed consultation on the Sheffield City Region deal does not proceed, what alternative steps they will take to proceed with the devolution agreement.

      Taunton Deane Borough Council: West Somerset Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to decide on the merger of Taunton Deane and West Somerset District Councils.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Prime Minister has had with the President of the United States regarding the agreement between the EU and the UK about how to split the...

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 12 October (HL Deb, cols 292–5), when the consultation on the cap and the floor for social care funding will...

    • Pregnancy: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes, if any, they have made in the past two years in relation to raising awareness among women of child bearing age of the need to take folic acid...

      Clinical Audit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many National Clinical Audits and Patient Outcome Audits there are currently in NHS England under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership; (2)...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the National Cancer Taskforce in the report Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: A...

      Prostate Cancer: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where prostate cancer patients may find clear and easily accessible information regarding the variation in rates of incontinence and impotence after...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to allowing the routine and pseudonymised linking of existing care audit clinical outcome data to NHS activity data in order to...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to bring forward the Patient Safety Bill announced in the Queen's Speech in June.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of girls diagnosed with mental health problems shortly after human papilloma virus vaccination, particularly when...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long the three vaccination regime for human papilloma virus, in the form of Gardasil, Gardasil 9 or Cervarix, maintains protection against infection.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health recognises Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which develops up to six months after vaccination with human papilloma virus vaccine as a...

      Pregnancy: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they measure the effectiveness of advice given to women of child bearing age planning a pregnancy according to (1) socio-economic group, (2) ethnicity, and...

      Drugs: Side Effects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to ensure that adverse reactions to drugs and vaccines are reported and acknowledged, and that appropriate medical treatment is...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the scale of the lifetime direct medical costs associated with births affected by neural tube defects compared to those unaffected.

      Pregnancy: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest estimate of the percentage of women of child-bearing age who are deficient in folic acid.

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